breech[brēc̸h; for vt. 1 bric̸h]
- the buttocks; rump
- the lower or back part of a thing; specif.,
- the lower end of a pulley block
- the back end of the barrel of a gun
Origin of breechMiddle English brech ; from Old English brec, plural of broc ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhreg-: see break
- to clothe with breeches
- to provide (a gun) with a breech
- The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.
- a. A breech presentation or delivery.b. A fetus in breech presentation.
- breechesa. Knee breeches.b. Informal Trousers.
- The part of a firearm behind the barrel.
- The lower part of a pulley block.
Origin of breechMiddle English brech, from Old English brēc, pl. of brōc, leg covering, Gaulish brāca, hose, trousers.
(countable and uncountable, plural breeches)
- (historical, now only in the plural) A garment whose purpose is to cover or clothe the buttocks. [from 11th c.]
- (now rare) The buttocks or backside. [from 16th c.]
- The part of a cannon or other firearm behind the chamber. [from 16th c.]
- (nautical) The external angle of knee timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
- A breech birth.
- With the hips coming out before the head.
- Born, or having been born, breech.
(third-person singular simple present breeches, present participle breeching, simple past and past participle breeched)